Please, try and stick to your resolutions this year
As a teenager, I can say that most of my peers, as well as myself, let the New Year roll over us as if January first is just another day of the year – as if there is no “New” attached to the beginning of it. To us, the New Year is just the mark of school being almost halfway done, a time when students have two weeks of vacation, and a night where a teen’s parents are perhaps a bit more lenient with a child’s curfew.
Thinking about it, I also don’t even feel the change into the New Year. But perhaps this year, we should all stop, breathe and take time to think about the important things in life – our values and goals for the year to come.
Now I’m not saying that one should not make resolutions about losing weight, keeping a job for more than a few months or trying to find a significant other; I’m just suggesting that we all think about things that seem to get pushed below our job, car and money.
In general, I believe our society doesn’t take New Year’s resolutions very seriously. Fewer and fewer people each year make resolutions and most end almost abruptly. Why do we ignore the fact that Jan. 1 is a new beginning and a great marker for one to set a goal, and possibly more importantly, take the steps to achieving that goal?
Our society makes fun of the fact that people living today are not interested in grasping the New Year as an opportunity to change and grow. We do things such as print comics in our newspapers and magazines that show the characters making, and then instantaneously breaking, their New Year resolutions. What does this tell us about our culture these days?
According to the self-help book “Co-Active Coaching,” “Values are intangible. They are not something we do or have.”
I say, values are what you live for; they are the “juice” of who you are. Many of us get so wrapped up in our day-to-day activities that we lose track of our values in life. Why not use the beginning of the year as a time to remember some of the things we take for granted each day: our family, friends, loved ones, etc. We need to look deep within ourselves for our true values and then use the beginning of 2004 as a time to make goals that involve becoming closer to those important things in life.
The New Year is a perfect opportunity to set a goal. Not many people take advantage of this motivational time for major goal setting. Resolutions are not as focused as they use to be, and maybe we should bring back the tradition.
I encourage everyone to think of a time when they were living life to its fullest. Then think about what made that memory so wonderful, and throughout the year, focus on getting more of those positive things in your everyday life. Set goals around these values in your life and who knows, you just might be able to see a drastic change in the next year that you never before thought you wanted. Have a happy and wonderful 2004!
Whitney Prosor is a student at Tahoe Truckee High School. She writes for Fresh View, a monthly teen opinion page featured in the Sierra Sun. The next Fresh View will appear Jan. 7.
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